Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool are like Rocky Balboa not Ivan Drago'

West Ham news Manuel Pellegrini

Jurgen Klopp's focus is on ensuring his talented Liverpool squad deliver on their potential after extensive spending in the transfer market, rather than worrying about closing the gap to Manchester City.

"We have to be more consistent". That's how it is.

"It's pretty normal that there would be one point where we spent a bit more money". There's a lot of things.

We are in for an entertaining 90 minutes at Anfield, so here is everything you need to know about the match... We can improve our offensive play, we can improve our defensive play. In the last few years I sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour: that we sold more than we brought in. It's nothing to do with City. Theirs is a season they expect will yield a glory never before seen. Win all of them and it's good, but it's pretty hard to do so. There are not only the big six.

"The plan is that we really go for it". It is really hard, but it's not only hard for us. But it's not only hard for us, it's hard for the other teams as well.

He said: "I never knew a manager that didn't have pressure, no matter how much he spends". We have to be in this championship mood.

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"Ragnar (Klavan) no real chance, Joel (Matip) did parts of training like Joe (Gomez) did, we will see how they are today".

"I would have to chose the starting XI but also they know that if during the whole season if you don't have a strong squad, it is hard to be successful".

"We want to be, it's clear for ages, champions of England. The champions are Manchester City", Jurgen Klopp continued. That doesn't make them weaker. The Reds played nine games across four countries, recording seven wins and scoring 27 goals, all while putting in impressive displays of quality on the pitch and character off it.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago".

"Tottenham is a fantastic team ahead of us, didn't bring in anybody but they are still a fantastic team who will develop". Why would we do that?

"We did not reach anything yet, we have been in finals and if we get there again we should try to win it". We were in finals. "Football is so hard, we try to play in a better way and get near the top of the table as we can". In the league it's exactly the same.

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